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Degrees & Programs

Honors Program


The College of Social Work Honors Program invites outstanding undergraduate students to challenge themselves intellectually, professionally, and personally. Through our various honors components, students engage in in-depth classroom study, conduct independent research, create and implement social change projects, develop leadership skills, and reflect critically upon their values and the learning process. The Honors Program, which currently offers a choice of a Thesis, Social Impact, or Second Major pathway, seeks to enhance creative thinking and critical inquiry skills, and develop dynamic leaders who are prepared to meaningfully engage with issues relevant to the social work profession.

Social Work pre-major and major students who have at least a 3.4 grade point average may apply to the Honors Program. Successful completion of the Honors Program leads to graduation with Honors Research Distinction or Honors Distinction. Honors students receive priority in the field placement process and financial resources to assist them in their research efforts.

View our 2021 Honors Showcase presentations.

Basic requirements are as follows:

  • Achieve and maintain a grade point average of at least 3.4 for admission and continuation in the honors program.
  • Complete a minimum of three honors-level General Education courses during the pre-major curriculum.
  • Enroll and earn credit in the necessary pre-major honors courses in order to be considered for honors status.
  • Students who have selected the Thesis or Social Impact pathway must successfully complete four honors courses in the major (Social Work 3401H, 3402H, 4503H, & 4996H) and ten credits of thesis or social impact work (Social Work 4999H or 4998H) during the major curriculum.
  • Students who have selected the Second Major pathway must successfully complete three honors courses in the major (Social Work 3401H, 3402H, 4503H), the requirements of the social work and second major, and a Social Work 4193 Individual Study project that reflects on the connection of the second major to social work and the student’s professional goals

If you are interested in the honors program, please contact